My 2 hour buddy

My 2 hour buddy

I was wondering if any of my mommy blogger friends have some insight for me.

See this adorable chunky monkey?
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He likes to wake up every two hours in the middle of the night to hang out with mommy.

Here’s my problem (besides the fact that I wake up at 5 am for work): he weighs 18 1/2 pounds. Doesn’t he have enough fat stores to keep him asleep at night? No, really! I’m serious!

My ped suggested feeding him cereal now that he’s 4 months old and double his birth weight. Well, that was a BIG fail…

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So, I’m going to wait a little longer for that. He’s just not ready.

I tried eliminating an afternoon nap (even though this makes him VERY cranky). Basically, I just had a cranky baby in the evening and still he woke up every 2 hours.

I tried feeding him more before putting him to bed at night.

Still didn’t work.

I keep him nice and warm at night, but I don’t swaddle him (he freaks!).

I’m fresh out of ideas and was hoping you people have some ideas for me. Truthfully, I’m desperate because I am SO tired. However, I am not crazy enough to start putting whiskey on his gums or give him Benadryl, so none of that kind of advice, please!

Well, I will joke about giving him whiskey, but I won’t actually do it. 🙂

Help!

Signed,
A mommy so tired she may actually pay someone a million dollars so that she can take a very long uninterrupted nap.

Or, just…
{Suzie}

10 thoughts on “My 2 hour buddy

  1. Does he eat and then go right back to sleep? Holder was also a large baby and he also woke up a lot to eat. Miller was a small baby and did the same. I wish I had some advice, but I honestly think some kids just need to eat a lot, round the clock. I also think boys tend to be worse sleepers than girls. Not always the case, but it seems to mostly be that way. Sorry I don’t have advice, but I have been there. It gets better. 4 months is still really young and I never got a lot of sleep when my kids were that age 😦

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    1. Aja, he does eat and then sleep but the last few days he stays up for about 1-2 hours at the 3:30-4 mark to just “hang out” and that’s where I’ve had some problems. I think it must be boys…they are higher maintenance, maybe. Hence, the “man cold.” lol! Also, your boys are adorable!

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  2. Have you tried swaddling? My son won’t sleep for longer periods unless his arms are swaddled (We leave his legs untucked. He has a fit if he can’t move his legs.). Also, what time is he being put to bed? We put our baby down around 11:00 pm and he sleeps until 5am. If we put him to bed any earlier he wakes up multiple times. I hope you are able to get more sleep soon!

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    1. Candi, welcome! I haven’t tried not swaddling the legs. In general, he doesn’t like swaddling, but I’ll try your method. He has a couple times gone to sleep at 11 and woken up at 5, but that’s not a normal thing for him. I’m usually in bed before that, but maybe Matt can handle that for me and see if it works! I’ll try anything!!!

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  3. I don’t know what to say. Eli is pulling the same crap lately! He is waking every 3 hours. I tried cereal in the bottle last night and he still woke up! I only did half a tablespoon so I am trying a tablespoon tonight! I am so tired! I am hoping it’s a just a growth spurt or something.

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  4. So I’m late to the party, BUT I have a great snoozer and have done a ton of research. I love moms on call and will share some of the tips that have worked in an email. Also love the tips on hello bee.com.

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